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Grade: 11
* 1.GS-11 Choose the answer that best describes your experience and/or education related to the qualification requirements for this position.
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service applying quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of administrative procedures; recommending changes to meet short and long-term strategic plans and objectives of an organization; and developing tracking and reporting systems to monitor analytical activities. Examples of specialized experience include the following: Collecting pertinent statistical data and narrative information from a variety of sources; assisting in analyzing and presenting findings for program analysis and business process improvement; drafting routine analyses, reports, or presentations; evaluating the effectiveness of outreach and site visit activities.
  2. I possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
  3. I possess 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
  4. I possess a combination of post high school education and experience that combined meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  5. I do not meet the requirement(s) as described above.


* 2.In reference to your experience working with teams, have you:
  1. Participated as a member of a team with people of similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and level in the organization.
  2. Participated as a member of a cross-functional team with persons of different backgrounds, technical competencies, disciplines, and levels within the organization.
  3. Facilitated a team made up of people with similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and levels within the organization.
  4. Facilitated a cross-functional team with persons of different backgrounds, technical competencies, disciplines, and levels within the organization.
  5. Led a team with people of similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and level in the organization.
  6. Formally evaluated the progress of a team with people of similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and level in the organization.
  7. I have not functioned in any of the roles mentioned.


Grade: 12
* 1.GS-12 Choose the answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques using both quantitative and qualitative analysis; compiling and analyzing program statistics; and preparing evaluations of program activities. Examples of specialized experience include the following: Preparing analytical, comparative and statistical reports; identifying outreach needs from the research community to help develop outreach plans; responding to routine or moderately complex inquiries related to programmatic issues not requiring professional scientific knowledge; evaluating the effectiveness of administrative procedures and the consistency of their contributions to the accomplishment of organizational/program goals and objectives; drafting technical materials related to organization-supported research activities for presentations, tutorials, workshops, seminars, or conferences.
  2. I do not possess the experience described above.


* 2.In reference to your experience working with teams, have you:
  1. Participated as a member of a team with people of similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and level in the organization.
  2. Participated as a member of a cross-functional team with persons of different backgrounds, technical competencies, disciplines, and levels within the organization.
  3. Facilitated a team made up of people with similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and levels within the organization.
  4. Facilitated a cross-functional team with persons of different backgrounds, technical competencies, disciplines, and levels within the organization.
  5. Led a team with people of similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and level in the organization.
  6. Formally evaluated the progress of a team with people of similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and level in the organization.
  7. I have not functioned in any of the roles mentioned.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Please indicate which of the following types of written products you have produced as a regular part of your job: (Check all that apply)
  1. Write, clearly, logically, concisely, and persuasively for varied audiences.
  2. Develop written materials for briefings, meetings, or conferences.
  3. Draft policy and procedural materials for dissemination to field or operating level components.
  4. Issue/Position papers or summary reports on organizational data, which included analysis and recommendations.
  5. Communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis in writing.
  6. Explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  7. Responses to Agency Lead or Departmental inquiries.
  8. None of the above.


* 2.Evaluate project effectiveness using analytical methods to report findings to management.
  1. I have generated trends that demonstrate project effectiveness over a set period of time.
  2. I have compiled outcomes or measures that demonstrated project effectiveness, such as those related to the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).
  3. I have measured a project's progress toward meeting goals by monitoring metrics or milestones (such as during independent research).
  4. I have been responsible for quality assurance, quality control, or process compliance related to project operations.
  5. I have generated projections of future project performance.
  6. I have used activity based costing to evaluate the financial performance or effectiveness of project operations.
  7. I have gathered and evaluated customer service satisfaction information to understand project effectiveness.
  8. I have conducted benchmarking of other Government agencies or private industry to gauge the relative effectiveness of project operations.
  9. I have evaluated cost containment or cost reduction measures to evaluate project effectiveness.
  10. I have used other analytical methods to evaluate project effectiveness.
  11. I have used analytical methods such as determining trends and projections, measuring progress, or evaluating financial performance, but not for the purpose of evaluating project effectiveness.
  12. I have not evaluated project effectiveness using analytical methods.


* 3.Indicate your experience, collecting, organizing, and analyzing quantitative or qualitative data.
  1. I have created instructions for a data collection exercise.
  2. I have obtained, compiled, and summarized narrative information and quantitative data from multiple sources.
  3. I have analyzed data to identify anomalies and trends.
  4. I have analyzed data to assess program or project effectiveness.
  5. I have prepared policy recommendations based on my analysis of data.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.Choose all examples that match your communication skills.
  1. Influence or motivate individuals or groups to consensus when there is wide disagreement on a proposed action.
  2. Respond in either writing or orally to impromptu questions from managers, superiors, program staff, or others regarding budget policy, law, or regulation (agency or federal level).
  3. Effectively communicate information on basic research in science and technology to a lay audience.
  4. Interview staff to acquire specific programmatic and/or technical information.
  5. Persuade others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, alternative viewpoints, or to take a particular course of action.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.Select the responses that describe your experience managing information using automated systems and computer software to build project support and evaluate project activities.
  1. Created databases that support program activities or are used to evaluate project activities.
  2. Wrote queries within databases (e.g., MS Access) or generated formulas within spreadsheets (e.g., MS Excel) to reveal trends and patterns in technical or scientific data that supported a project.
  3. Used statistical techniques such as regression analysis, descriptive statistics, Chi Square, Pearson correlation, and/or log linear analysis to analyze technical or scientific data that supported a project.
  4. Generated numerous reports from databases used to support project activities.
  5. Used word processing software to prepare documents that build project support or evaluate project activities.
  6. Produced charts or graphs that were used to build project support or evaluate project activities.
  7. Assembled data from internal management information systems and supplemented it with other data to build project support or evaluate project activities.
  8. Analyzed qualitative or quantitative data using mathematical techniques such as means, modes, or standard deviations to find trends and patterns in technical data.
  9. I have not used automated systems or computer software to build project support and evaluate project activities.


* 6.Which response best reflects your highest level of experience participating in research projects (collecting and analyzing data to recommend a solution to a technical or scientific problem) that demonstrated an understanding of data collection and analysis?
  1. Assisted others in research projects such as during a summer internship.
  2. Held a graduate research assistantship that allowed me to work on a research project.
  3. Been a significant contributor to a project that involved data collection and analysis.
  4. Independently collected data for research projects.
  5. Acted as the lead (independently or with a team) on a research project that involved data collection and analysis.
  6. I have not yet had the opportunity to work on a research project.






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